Seanan Foster bagged the only goal of the game for Warrenpoint (©INPHO/Matt Mackey)
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Warrenpoint Town took a huge step towards securing their top flight status with an away victory over Ards, the side immediately below them in the table.
The win moves the Irish Cup semi-finalists 13 points clear of the play-off spot with seven games left to play.
Ards enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges with David McAllister having an effort at the back post trickle just wide before another chance drifted off target.
Warrenpoint squandered an opportunity to seize the advantage on 25 minutes after being awarded a penalty following Damien McNulty's challenge on Ciaran O'Connor but Simon Kelly could only look on as his spot-kick was saved low to his right by keeper Sam Johnston.
Mark Kelly had another chance for Ards just before the half-hour mark but his effort, which looked destined to creep inside the post, was saved by Jared Thompson.
But 'Point did break the deadlock with five minutes of the first half remaining through Seanan Foster after he broke through to run onto a long ball and take it around Johnston and into the empty net.
And Philip Donnelly might have added a second moments after that only to fire over from close range.
Chasing the equaliser, Ards looked better after the break and crafted a chance early on through Kyle Cherry but his low effort from the edge of the box was tipped around the post by Jared Thompson.
Craig McClean was next to have a go for Warren Feeney's side but, again, Thompson produced the stop to keep out a curling free-kick.
However, the visitors were never really threatened again after that and, indeed, might have doubled their lead late in the game when home defender McNulty almost turned the ball into his own net whilst attempting to clear a cross from the right.
Ards: Johnston, Kerr, Taylor, Cherry, M. Kelly, McLellan, D. McAllister, J. Kellly, Tommons, McClean, McNulty subs Davidson, Byers, McAleenan, Bennett, Smith, Henderson, McCawl
Warrenpoint Town: Thompson, Foster, Reilly, M. Lynch, Kelly, O'Connor, Wallace, Donnelly, Hernany Marques, Duffy, Young subs Turker, Hughes, Moan, McGrandles, J. Lynch, Scannell, Copes
Referee: Jamie Robinson
|Damien McNulty||25||90 +2|
|Hernany Macedo Marques|
|Callum Byers||90 +2|
|Joshua Lynch||90 +1||81|